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Swiss canton rejects proposal for first Islamic kindergarten

The Swiss Canton of Zurich has decided against the opening of the first Islamic kindergarten in the country, stating that the proposed institution’s ideological component was too strong and contradicted…

ENERGY POLICY : Closer cooperation for Switzerland and UAE

swissinfo.ch May 26, 2014 – 20:20 The energy ministers of Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday in Bern, pledging cooperation between the two…

NSA SPYING : Greenwald advocates Swiss asylum for whistleblower Snowden

swissinfo.ch and agencies May 24, 2014 – 11:47 Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke revelations about spying by the United States government, says Switzerland should offer whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum and…

Robert Fisk: Our modern gods: Amnesty International, the Geneva Conventions and the United Nations

Robert Fisk:    Our modern gods: Amnesty International, the Geneva Conventions and the United Nations  They provide a reflection of our universal need for human protection, but are without artistic…

FOOTBALL: Blatter admits Qatar World Cup was a ‘mistake’

May 16, 2014 – 10:55 FIFA President Sepp Blatter says awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was a “mistake”. But in an interview with Swiss public television on Thursday…

The Radicalisation of Swiss Muslims

May 15, 2014 Swissinfo.ch How do young men who grew up in Switzerland become extremists? Following this Swiss TV report on three cases, the Federal Intelligence Service confirmed that of…

Financial intelligence to counter foreign-fighter risk

The participation of foreign fighters in the Syrian conflict is a growing concern, particularly among Western governments that are not only struggling to track the movement of their citizens, but…

SWORN IN : Vatican’s Swiss guards take oath

May 6, 2014 – 16:05 Thirty new Swiss Guards were sworn in on Tuesday in a special ceremony at the Vatican, pledging their allegiance to Pope Francis and promising to…

Switzerland: Security: Foreign spies, violent extremists are priority

swissinfo.ch and agencies May 5, 2014 – 13:03 Switzerland’s Federal Intelligence Service (FIS) said on Monday that its biggest concerns in 2014 include illegal intelligence operating within Swiss borders and…

OPINION : Ukraine, Switzerland and the F-word

by Daniel Warner, DCAF May 2, 2014 – 11:05 For the present government in Kiev as well as for most western leaders, federalism for Ukraine is a dirty F-word. Daniel…

Employment Why working in tourism is no holiday for the Swiss

by Jo Fahy, swissinfo.ch April 28, 2014 – 11:00 If you expect to meet Swiss people working in Zermatt’s hotels and restaurants, you might be surprised to be greeted by…

ADIEU AEGIS: Mercenary firm pulls out of Basel over new law

Seven months after Swiss parliament voted to outlaw the provision of mercenaries by Swiss-based security firms, British security contractor Aegis, one of the world’s largest working in conflict zones, is…

BALANCED BOOKS : Jury out on Swiss debt brake as global model

by Matthew Allen, swissinfo.ch April 25, 2014 – 11:01 The mind-boggling $100 trillion (CHF88 trillion) of debt racked up by governments, central banks and companies worldwide has turned some heads…

SWISS-IRANIAN RELATIONS : Politicians’ trip to Tehran raises eyebrows

April 23, 2014 – 19:31 Six Swiss People’s Party politicians are making headlines after their controversial visit to Iran over Easter. The group of rightwing politicians included two who helped…

INTERNATIONAL GENEVA: Immigration vote leaves foreigners mired in confusion

by Simon Bradley in Geneva, swissinfo.ch April 23, 2014 – 11:00 Will I be able to stay in Switzerland? Can my wife work? What will happen to my cross-border status?…

BOON AND BANE – Ukraine crisis puts Swiss OSCE chair in spotlight

by Urs Geiser, swissinfo.ch April 15, 2014 – 16:24 The success of the mission by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe is measured by whether it is able to help…

Switzerland: Imam school – New Islamic training centre aims to build bridges

by Abdelhafidh Abdeleli, swissinfo.ch April 8, 2014 – 15:05 The first modules of a training course for imams in Switzerland may begin in the autumn at the University of Fribourg, eventually…

Switzerland: FOREIGN QUALIFICATIONS Federal Court ruling underlines university mobility

 Swissinfo.ch Switzerland’s Federal Court has sided with a foreign student who says he should have been accepted to Lucerne University, thereby establishing that all Swiss universities must operate under the…